Drew Brees Tribute, New Orleans Saints’ Top Draft Needs (with Jordan Reid)

It’s the end of THE era in New Orleans, the Drew Brees era, that is. I take a look at his legacy that is unmatched not just in numbers, but in impact on an entire city and fan base.

It will be strange to not see No. 9 under center for the Saints anymore, but he’ll remain part of the New Orleans fabric forever as he continues on to broadcasting for NBC Sports and spending more time with his family.

Also in today’s episode of Black and Gold Rush, who will the New Orleans Saints select with the No. 28 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?

Senior NFL Draft analyst Jordan Reid of The Draft Network joins me to examine that question and more as the new league year arrives March 17th, and the draft begins April 29th.

It’s been tough to keep track of the Saints’ many moves to get under the 2021 salary cap, and there’s no doubt the team will look a bit different next season after the recent releases of contributors like Josh Hill, Emmanuel Sanders, Jared Cook, Kwon Alexander, Janoris Jenkins and Thomas Morstead.  One player who is sticking around though is free safety Marcus Williams, whom the Saints franchise tagged.

The Saints have five draft picks in the first four rounds and six total picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.  Rachel and Jordan focus on cornerbacks, wide receivers and edge rushers in this episode. 

Could former South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn follow in his father’s footsteps (WR Joe Horn) and suit up for the Black and Gold? Jordan also answers if there’s any chance Trevor Lawrence doesn’t go No. 1 to Jacksonville, and who’s his best hidden gem in this year’s class?  

Plus, Jordan Reid, a former college quarterback, shares his story of risk-taking and luck that helped him land a job at The Draft Network. He’s a proud husband and father to twin girls, and he distinguishes himself from other draft evaluators by profiling prospects as a whole – “with their helmets off as opposed to just with their helmets on.”

LISTEN FOR THESE QUOTES:

  • (10:28) “Community service is something that’s always been near and dear to me. I love seeing other people positively impacted by others. You just never know how much of a touch you can have on that individual because you never know what’s going on in somebody’s life.”
  • (14:00) “I want to paint the picture of a prospect as a whole. I can get on YouTube and type in Jaycee Horn highlights, and I can see what he does well and what he doesn’t do well.  I can’t see that he’s visiting South Carolina elementary schools and having an impact on them that way … I wanted to get to know them with their helmets off as opposed to just with their helmets on.”
  • (16:06) “The NFL bloodlines is obviously what sticks out the most about Jaycee.  I just love the athleticism with him; that has also trickled down from his dad, and I love the mindset that he has. He’s a very confident individual, and that definitely stands out in his game.”
  • (19:18) “Kadarius Toney will probably go a little bit earlier than what the Saints are picking in the second round. If he does slip though, I can definitely see Sean Payton salivating over him and selecting him at that spot.”

  • (24:22) “One of my favorite diamond in the rough players in this draft is Jaelon Darden, a WR from North Texas. He’s a bit of a smaller receiver, about 5-foot-8, 170 pounds. Very electric, reminds me a lot of Kadarius Toney, but I think he’s much more polished as a receiver. Darden definitely could be a sleeper, maybe on day 3 who could be a productive player.”

CONNECT WITH US / LINKS MENTIONED:

Drew Brees Writes an Open Letter of Thanks After Retiring

Jordan Reid Twitter

Jordan Reid’s Mock Draft 6.0

The Draft Network Mock Draft Machine

Listen: Reid Option Podcast interview with Kirk Herbstreit 

Listen: Reid Option Podcast interview with Jaycee Horn (scroll to 27:56)

Listen: Reid Option Podcast interview with Greg Newsome II

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